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Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 27 April 2012

If you haven’t seen the Bible Videos app yet, be sure to check out this new Bible Videos App Tour screencast:

The Bible Videos app was released last Christmas. In its initial release, the app had only seven videos. Recent releases include many new videos (there are now about 20), new storybooks, hotspots, and other features.

The Bible Videos app provides a rich, interactive experience. You can navigate 3D models of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Sychar to explore scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. When you select the city, the app zooms in and shows information and videos from the city. 

Overall, the app provides an exploratory experience, not too unlike a game, that allows you to move at your own pace. There's no specific sequence to follow. By clicking blinking hotspots on the map, you can view and listen to information about that scene. When you see a door, you can click the door to move through the door.

Subtle color, fonts, layered effects (called “parallax”), and simple animations make the content feel more real, and the whole app looks professional and crisp.

The videos are also available on a companion website,, as well as ROKU, YouTube, iTunes, Facebook, Android Market, and Mormon Channel.

Richard Bernard, a high school teacher in California, says, “I am very familiar with most of the more prominent apps for the iPad, and this is one of the most inviting and beautifully done. It is a visual and auditory wonder. While looking at a still photograph, the sound subtly reflects the area the picture was taken. This app invites you in with such beauty and compels you to stay as each icon is touched to reveal yet another visual and auditory treat.”

In a recent LDSTech broadcast, Justin Jones, project manager for Bible Videos app, explained that more than twenty million internet searches each month are related to the Bible. From testing with focus groups, Brother Jones said, “The app has received the most positive reaction from people of other faiths than any other similar product the Church has produced.”

You can download the Bible Videos app by searching for “bible videos” in your iPad’s app store. (Bible Videos is also available for iPhone and Android, but the app only shows videos rather than providing the rich exploratory experience shown in the screencast above.)

For more information, see this article from the LDS Newsroom: Jesus Christ’s Life Leading Up to His Resurrection Portrayed in New Bible Videos. You can also watch a recording of the LDSTech broadcast on the Bible Videos app.



# LeAnn Craddock 2012-04-28 12:33
How glorious!
# Dj 2012-05-14 13:09
My audio stopped working on the iPad bible video app. Any reason why? I removed it and reinstalled and still have the same issue. I am running the latest iOS software for iPad.

Other than that, love the app and videos.
# dallas 2012-11-01 17:18
I am having the same problem. Is there a fix for the problem? I have enjoyed the app in the past but without the sound it isn't entertaining at all. Please help.
# Stan Earl 2012-06-24 08:41
The volume problem seems to be associated with using earphones. Volume works great with earphones, but no volume when they are disconnected. If I pull the earphone plug while watching a video the volume goes to zero and seems to not function anymore. Nothing, including reload or resetting the app, seems to solve the problem.
# Kevin Ellsworth 2012-11-24 09:17
I also have this problem and see the same things with my headphones. Would love to have this app working again.
# Nathan Pettit 2012-11-25 17:46
Yes, the audio doesn't work on my ipad either. Please let me know if you have a fix! Running latest iOS software. Deleted and reloaded app. Still not working.
# Connie zzzz 2012-12-11 18:13
I have no volume on my bible videos on the ipad.... Very frustrating ...any ideas ??? I have deleted and re installed it a number of time
# Perry 2013-01-06 10:06
I am having the same problem. I don't see any corrections or suggestions. This obviously has been a problem for months.

Is there a fix. Simple yes or no would be appreciated
# Cherie Brune 2013-01-08 09:56
I also do not have sound when playing the videos. I thought something was wrong with my iPad running IOS 6.0.1 but it seems like I'm not alone. On my iPhone 5 with IOS 6.0.2, the video sound works just fine.
# James Howard Huntsman 2013-11-03 06:41
I had sound then I updated ipad and the sound for the bible app. Stopped working.
# James Howard Huntsman 2013-11-03 07:21
Just found out how to get sound on bible video app. Through main speaker on ipad. In general settings the use side switch to: needs to be on lock rotation instead of mute. I think it has something to do with the fact that the app. Is only viewed in horizontal rotation.
# Don Albert Oldham 2014-03-02 16:51
Iphone 5 with IOS 7.0.6 - no sound from the app.

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